What is the recommended duration of CPAP therapy per night?

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  • Nov 09, 2023

What is the recommended duration of CPAP therapy per night?

The recommended duration of CPAP therapy per night is at least 4 hours. However, some people may need to use their CPAP machine for more or fewer hours, depending on the severity of their sleep apnea. It is important to talk to your doctor to determine the right amount of CPAP therapy for you.

Here is a breakdown of the recommended CPAP therapy duration based on sleep apnea severity:

  • Mild sleep apnea: 2-4 hours per night
  • Moderate sleep apnea: 4-7 hours per night
  • Severe sleep apnea: 7+ hours per night

Even if you only use your CPAP machine for a few hours per night, you are still likely to experience some benefits. However, for the best results, it is important to use your CPAP machine as much as possible.

Here are some tips for increasing your CPAP therapy compliance:

  • Start slowly: Begin by using your CPAP machine for a few hours each night and gradually increase the amount of time you use it.

  • Find a comfortable mask: There are many different types of CPAP masks available, so it is important to find one that fits you well and is comfortable to wear.

  • Use a humidifier: A humidifier can help to prevent dryness in your nose and throat.

  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine: This could include taking a warm bath, reading a book, or listening to calming music.

  • Talk to your doctor if you are having trouble using your CPAP machine: Your doctor may be able to offer additional tips or make adjustments to your machine.

Remember, it takes time to get used to CPAP therapy. Don’t get discouraged if it takes a few weeks or even months to adjust to wearing your mask. With patience and persistence, you can make CPAP a part of your daily routine and improve your sleep quality.

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